T.I. will now face one less charge stemming from a heated confrontation he got into with a security guard over the summer.
The Atlanta rapper was arrested in May after an argument with a security guard outside of his gated community in Georgia led to the cops being called. T.I., born Clifford Harris Jr., was initially arrested on misdemeanor charges of simple assault, disorderly conduct, and public drunkenness. However, prosecutors decided this week to drop the assault charge, leaving T.I. to face three counts of misdemeanor disorderly conduct and one count of misdemeanor public drunkenness, TMZ reports.
T.I. and Euwan James, a security guard at the Eagle’s Landing Country Club community, got into an argument late one night after T.I. caught James sleeping while on duty and then woke him up, asking to be let in because he forgot his keys, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. James refused to let T.I. inside and only relented after the rapper raised his voice and used profanity, a police report obtained by the outlet states. The rapper went in, parked his car, and then headed back to the gate. T.I. told police that James had refused to give him his name or the name of his supervisor when asked repeatedly during the initial encounter, so T.I. went back to James' station in order to find out his name.
James told police that T.I. threatened him and challenged him to a fight, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The rapper was arrested, as was Marquinarius Holmes, a friend of T.I.’s who was with him during the argument and who reportedly was taken into custody for outstanding charges and for not having proof of his car insurance. An officer also noted in the report that T.I.'s breath smelled of alcohol, and the rapper himself admitted to consuming alcohol while heading back to the guard's station after parking his car, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
T.I. was charged in July and entered a not guilty plea the following month, Page Six reports.
Shortly after the rapper was first arrested, his attorney Steve Sadow said in a statement that his client had been “wrongfully arrested” and claimed that police, rather than listen to T.I.’s explanation, chose to “end the situation” by taking T.I. into custody. Meanwhile, T.I. reportedly described his arrest as “ridiculous” in an Instagram story.
T.I. most recently made headlines (and drew the ire of Melania Trump) after featuring a scantily-clad lookalike of the first lady in a music video.
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